Manchester United manager José Mourinho has responded to reports on Tuesday that either Wayne Rooney or Ashley Young could be leaving on deadline day.
Rooney has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League for some time now, but his head had apparently begun to be turned by the money on offer from the affluent league. Young, meanwhile, has been limited to just two Premier League start all season and Mourinho could not guarantee that he would be staying at the club beyond this transfer window amid reports of offers from several Premier League sides.
However, speaking to the media ahead of his side’s clash with Hull on Wednesday, Mourinho has confirmed that Man United’s business is now complete – there will be no more ins or out before the summer.
The Portuguese boss elaborated:
“It’s finished, he [Young] stays with me until the end of the season. He’s selected for tomorrow.
“We don’t have players in, we don’t have players out.”
As if to hammer home his point further, Young has been selected by Mourinho for the Hull clash. Were he to feature, it would be his first league involvement with Man United since November’s 3-0 win against Swansea.
In terms of the Rooney interest, it should be noted that the Chinese transfer deadline does not pass until the end of February, so while he is still highly unlikely to leave Old Trafford before the end of the season (at least), the CSL clubs would still have a month to try to tempt the 31-year-old to move east.
It’s been a quiet transfer window at Man United, in terms of incomings at least. A £38m move for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof was shelved early on in the window, while Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Sean Goss and Sam Johnstone all departed, the latter on a loan deal to Aston Villa.